Code red

CIS students prepare for potential dangerous situation with lockdown Thursday


Craig Intermediate School, 1:20 p.m.

Principal Don Davidson's voice comes over the intercom announcing a code red security drill.

In Seth Young's classroom, six-grade students drop their science assignments on their desks and huddle into a corner of the room. The lights go out and silence falls over the room.

For nine minutes, no one moves. A few knocks can be heard down the hall but students aren't exactly sure what is going on.

The code red announcement was part of a drill at the school Thursday, and Davidson was happy to report everything went exactly as planned.

"We were in and out in nine minutes," Davidson said about the walk-through, which was conducted with Dean of Students Ken Olinger and the Moffat County Sheriff's Office.

A code red refers to a situation in which a dangerous person is possibly near or inside the building.

Olinger, who is responsible for student safety and coordinated the drill, said drills like these are scheduled, but in light of recent school shootings, it's reassuring to students, parents and faculty that everyone is proficient with the procedure if an actual emergency situation was to occur.

In preparation for the drill, faculty met with teachers and students on a class-by-class basis to open a line of communication to discuss the proper reactions to a serious situation.

Twelve-year-old Chris Goucher, who was crouching under a desk with his knees tucked under his chin during the drill, said he believes the threat of a dangerous person coming to his school is possible, although not probable.

"If someone was going to attack the school, a student with a couple of guns, and it was all planned out, they could kill a lot of us," Goucher said.

Goucher said he is glad his school is taking precautions for the worst.

On a day-to-day basis, Olinger works with the students to make sure they are aware who is roaming the halls.

Olinger said if students see someone without a nametag, they are to report that person immediately.

"It's not because of the recent attacks," Olinger said, "but it raises parents' concern."

Sixth-grade teacher Seth Young said his class reacted well to the drill.

"The kids reacted fine," Young said. "They knew what to do."

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